Bats Alive As Softball Sweeps Mountaineers

Bats Alive As Softball Sweeps Mountaineers

THE BASICS
Game 1 Score:
Dean College 18, Southern Vermont 4
Game 2 Score: Dean College 7, Southern Vermont 5
Records: Dean College (8-17, 3-3 NECC), Southern Vermont (4-16, 0-6 NECC)
Location: Mountaineer Field, Bennington, Vt.
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Visiting Dean College banged out nearly 30 hits and the suddenly surging Bulldogs swept a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) softball doubleheader from Southern Vermont on Thursday evening.

The wins for Dean not only ties them for their win total a season ago but extends their winning streak to three games – their longest since 2017.

Game 1: Dean College 18, Southern Vermont 4
The Bulldogs broke open a 3-3 game with seven-run fourth inning and then followed that up with an eight-run fifth to take the opener of the series.

Five different Dean student-athletes recorded RBI in the game-changing fourth inning, highlighted by Courtney Holden (Bridgeport, Conn.) smacking a two-run double to left. Miranda Seacord (Cambridge, N.Y.), Ali Nelson (Candia, N.H.), Shelby Smith (Southwick, Mass.) and Karissa Menzinger (Centereach, N.Y.) joined in on the RBI parade, pushing the Bulldog advantage to 10-3.

The Dean offense continued to click in the fifth as Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico) blasted a ground-rule, two-run double, Smith drove in another as did Menzinger, Holden and Nelson. The Bulldogs also had an RBI double from Makenzie Souza (New Bedford, Mass.) and an RBI single from Madisyn Butler (Richfield Springs, N.Y.) and when the dust cleared, they were in total command, 18-3.

Menzinger, meanwhile, was spectacular in the circle, spinning a complete game, allowing just one earned and five strikeouts.

Seven of the nine started for the Cardinal and White finished with two hits or more, led by Nelson who went 3-for-3 with four runs scored and two RBI. Seacord, meanwhile, totaled two hits, two runs scored an RBI and a pair of stolen bases.

Game 2: Dean College 7, Southern Vermont 5
Nelson moved to the circle in game two and was effective enough to help the Bulldogs secure the twinbill sweep with a 7-5 triumph while earning her second win of the year.

The Mountaineers actually got on the board first in the bottom of the first, but Dean answered by when Emily Whelton (Dracut, Mass.) delivered an RBI double in the top of the second.

Nelson helped her own cause with a run-scoring single in the third and then Alexis Ford (Claremont, N.H.) smacked a two-run single, handing the visitors a 4-1 edge.

Butler tacked on another run in the fourth with a sacrifice fly, but SVC rallied, pushing three runs across in the fourth to close the gap to 5-4.

Dean got some breathing room in the fifth when Alexis Portales (San Antonio, Texas) scored on a wild pitch in the fifth and then Holden tacked on another with an RBI single in the sixth.

Nelson went 3-for-4 with two runs scored while Ford (two RBI) and Seacord (two stolen bases) also had two hits.

UP NEXT:
The Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday (at Eastern Nazarene) and Sunday (home vs. Becker) against the league's top two teams with a combined conference record of 10-2.